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News Release: COVID-19 Update - Mask wearing is mandatory. The Governor has extended Emergency Order

COVID-19 Chamber News Release

Public Health Order Requiring Use of Facial Coverings

The Metro Board of Health voted Friday and the order went into effect today, Public Health Order 8 requires cloth face coverings or masks to be worn in Nashville and Davidson County. 

From the order- a) Businesses or facilities open to the public shall post conspicuous signage at all public entrances stating to the effect: “Dear Customers/Visitors, Pursuant to Order 8 from the Chief Medical Director of Health for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, you are REQUIRED to wear a cloth face covering or mask while in this business/facility. This will help PROTECT our EMPLOYEES and EACH OTHER.”

You can find the signs you need to post in your business here and here. More information on the order, who and where it is required, and other details can be found here

The best way to stay up-to-date on these changes while also showing your business is doing what is required to be open safely is to be a part of the Good to Go Program. We are proud to announce that more than 600 businesses have signed on in the short time since announcing it a month ago. We are thrilled to see green music note decals going up all across Nashville at businesses committed to the health and safety of visitors and residents. If you have not done so, please be part of this program

Governor Lee Extends Tennessee Emergency Order

Governor Lee announced today that he is extending the State of Emergency to August 29, 2020, and issued three new Executive Orders 50, 51, and 52. You can read the entire announcement here.  

These are essentially extensions of previous executive orders that relieve regulatory requirements on businesses and providers. Regulations related to telemedicine, to-go alcohol, and local government meetings by teleconference are among the long list of loosened restrictions extended through Aug. 29.

Though the governor has encouraged Tennesseans to patronize reopened local businesses, his extended order “urge[s] Tennesseans to continue limiting activity and staying home where possible.” It also urges residents to use face coverings when in close proximity to others and work from home if possible.

We all have to do our part

We are hearing from many of you with concerns and shock about the spike in cases we are seeing locally, statewide, and nationally. No one wants to see us shut down again, so we all have to do our parts. Everyone needs to wear your mask! Don’t go to a business that is not following rules and doing everything they can to keep you safe. Also, staying home when you can and practicing social distancing and keeping social gatherings to 25 people or less. Please help us keep our city safe! We are all in this together. 

We will continue to keep you informed and updated. As always, our COVID-19 resource page has other relevant information for you. We are here for anything else you need. Stay safe. 

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